Strategic Partnerships Within Your Community

Establishing strategic partnerships is key for any business, but especially for non-profit organizations looking to address complex issues in the community they live in. Understanding how partnerships can strengthen your business and organization is key for every leader, especially in Brevard County where there are more than 2,000 registered non-profits – being able to show…

CRA Bill Likely Dead for this Year

Legislation changing local control of Community Redevelopment Agencies is heading to the Florida Senate from the House. But it’s unlikely the Senate will take up the House bill. A similar bill in the Senate died in committee. The Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency sold two downtown buildings last month to a developer to create an area…

Palmetto Ready to Create Affordable Housing

Palmetto’s Community Redevelopment Agency is acquiring property near Sutton Park that Director Jeff Burton said is ideal for a new mixed use development that would potentially launch the CRA into a role of landlord. Palmetto officials on Monday authorized the CRA to purchase two parcels on the corner of 10th Avenue West and Eighth Street…

Fort Myers Beach Senior Housing Proposal

One person has been released from a local hospital following a recent traffic accident. As of Tuesday, Timothy Brian Gravitt, 37, of 4785 Barkley Circle, Apt. 37, Fort Myers, had been discharged from Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken on April 13 after the crash, officials said. A second person, Sabrina Lee Gravitt, 59,…

St. Petersburg Launches CRA Grant Program

The city of St. Petersburg is launching the 2017 cycle of its ‘South St. Petersburg CRA Grant Program’ to help support private investment in the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The CRA Grant Program was created in 2015 as part of the city’s innovative, 30-year revitalization plan for South St. Pete designed to…

10 Things to Know about CRAs

A three-letter acronym is stirring up a hornet’s nest, as the Brevard County Commission and county management start to put together a budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.The acronym CRA — which stands for community redevelopment agency — has been a topic of debate for some time. But, with two new members…

OBJ Introduces Crane Watch Orlando interactive map that tracks local development

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer once said that his favorite bird was the crane — meaning the mechanical ones that have dotted Central Florida’s landscape with new construction projects. And now, Orlando Business Journal is launching Crane Watch Orlando, a comprehensive, web-based interactive feature that offers detailed information and images on new commercial real estate development…